10 July 2017
A bear sculpture designed by award-winning Birmingham artist Reuben Colley will go on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from today.
Reuben was commissioned to design a bear for The Big Sleuth, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s charity art initiative.
More than 100 individually designed bears, each 1.65m high were unveiled last week and will appear all over Birmingham throughout the summer, inspiring residents and tourists to uncover the city’s cultural gems and seek out areas they may not have explored before.
Reuben’s bear is sponsored by relocation specialists and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce patron Harrow Green.
Reuben grew up in Birmingham within sight of the Aston Expressway – and this has provided inspiration for his bear, which is named ‘Xt’.
He said: “I chose to paint this landscape on the bear as though the bear was there, and the painting is a reflection of its surroundings.
“Areas of scrubland amongst the city always give me a sense of freedom. There is still a part of the city which hasn't been tamed, a reminder of childhood, a brief return to nature.
“Yet at the same time the Aston Expressway forms a continuous loop around the bear, never ending and inescapable.
‘Xt’ is a reference to a piece of graffiti which appears in the painting.
It will be displayed in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery throughout this month.
Reuben Colley’s landscape painting ‘Xt’ will be available as a limited edition print of 50, with a percentage of all sales going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.